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Americans turn the handle on their tap and presto! Water comes out. That’s the way it works, right? Wrong. In reality, a complex and remarkably efficient system brings domestic water into our homes. Just as complex is the system that takes water away from our house, removes waste from it, and returns it to the environment. To understand this, homeowners should keep in mind the basic water equation: 97 percent of the world’s water is salt water; 2 percent is ice; less than 1 percent is fresh, potentially drinkable water. Of that less than 1 percent, 98 percent is underground, where it is not necessarily accessible. Getting at it and getting rid of it when it’s dirty make up the two sides of a complex — and miraculous — feat of modern engineering. For homeowners living in the U.S., the answer to where does water come from is easy. The water mains in our streets are made up of lateral supply lines that branch right into their homes. Many other countries consider it real progress just to get water to a communal tap at the end of the street — and many of them have to boil it before ever thinking of drinking it. A water engineer’s job is to tap nature’s water resources and create a usable municipal water supply. In most countries, engineers have created a storage system composed of dams and tanks, which allow the seasonal water collection to be used as a year-round supply. In developed countries such as the U.S., filtration plants also treat water to make it pure for drinking. Canals, pipes and pumps move water to our homes.

Inspectors pay attention to the items in the home that will help protect the dwelling and its occupants. Homeowners should install a smoke detector on each level of the home, keep flammable products away from water heaters, general heaters and fireplaces, and install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters in wet areas, such as the kitchen counter tops andbathrooms.
In the world of real estate, looks do count, so homeowners should do all they canto assure their home is neat and attractive. Make sure the lawn is mown regularly, exterior walls and trim are clean, and the house is neat. Open windows and shades to let in light (which will give the home a bright appearance) and make sure those "hot spots" that buyers inspect closely — like kitchens and bath-rooms — are up to the "white glove" test. 
The homeowner should have house records on hand to answer questions easily and confidently. Appliance receipts, service records, and warranties should be easily accessible, as should information about all major components (heating, air-conditioning, carpeting, etc.). Also have copies of the latest bills on hand to give prospective buyers an idea of their cost.




Note: This newsletter is for informational purposes only. When getting involved with a project, please work within your ability. If you need help with a contractor or with any other home-related issue, please contact Alban Home Inspection Service with any questions. Thank You.

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